County Commission Puts Bond on the Ballot

marthaspeaksThe bond issue to update Jackson’s aging infrastructure made it through the County Commission today and will go on November’s ballot. That’s good.

Commissioners voted 9 to 1 to put the issue to a public vote. Read the Herald story here.

Encouraging to note, commissioners asked to hear from SEIU and AFSCME on whether we support the bond (we do).

Several commissioners asked for public input to be a component of the education process and promised to set up public hearings in coming weeks. Migoya also agreed to hold two town halls, one North, one South. As the healthcare experts who know Jackson inside and out, we will all be active participants in that discussion.

Commissioners also pointed out that Jackson’s plans need to take into account employee and staffing needs.

“We need to ensure adequate staffing levels,” Migoya acknowledged.

He also mentioned that “new jobs, higher wages” was a necessity in attracting and retaining employees.

We certainly heard that.



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